Legislators asked to #SlowTheFlow

TALLAHASSEE — On April 17, elected officials, business owners and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of the untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and affecting […]

Comment sought on watershed plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan (LOWPP) was approved by the Florida Legislature in 2000 “to protect and restore surface water resources by improving hydrology and water quality for the Northern Everglades Systems, according to Ansley Marr, project engineer, Office of State Policy and Coordination, South Florida Water Management District. On April 18 […]

Watershed protection meeting planned for Thursday

OKEECHOBEE — A Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan public stakeholder meeting is planned for Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center, 316 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee. In accordance with the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, beginning March 1, 2020, and every five years thereafter, […]

WRAC meetings may return in some form; WRAC-Rec meetings to resume

WEST PAM BEACH — Since 2001, a group of stakeholders representing all of the interests of those who live in the counties encompassed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) have met monthly for a lively roundtable discussion of the water quality and quantity issues faced by their communities. WRAC originally stood for Water […]

Miccosukee Tribe may fight EAA reservoir plan; Lease won’t hold up reservoir construction

OKEECHOBEE — Discussion of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir took some unexpected twists at the April 11 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Based on the information provided at the meeting, the lease on the land won’t delay construction of the reservoir, but other issues could. An explanation of the […]

Lake Okeechobee conditions improving, says SFWMD scientist

WEST PALM BEACH — Water conditions in Lake Okeechobee showed improvement in March, according to a report given by Dr. Susan Gray, chief environmental scientist, at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board meeting on April 11. The lake is dropping a little faster than they would like to see, she said. During […]

SFWMD Governing Board holding public workshop on Wednesday

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) new Governing Board will hold a public workshop on Wednesday, April 10, starting at 1 p.m. The workshop, which will be held at SFWMD Headquarters at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, will be open to the public and broadcast on SFWMD’s website, […]

SFWMD governing board still short a member

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir is on the agenda for the April 11 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Once again, the inland counties will lack representation at the SFWMD April meeting. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who demanded the entire SFWMD governing board appointed by Gov. Rick […]

SFWMD reopening A-1 Flow Equalization Basin for recreation

Now reopened to public after brief closure for construction work SOUTH BAY — The South Florida Water Management District plans to re-open the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) to public recreation starting Saturday, April 6. SFWMD owns or has easements on more than 1 million acres of public land. Following state law, the District allows […]

Trump ‘listened,’ but made no promises about Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON — Mayor Mali Gardner had taken an extra “Make Lake O Great Again” cap along with just in case she’d get a second to talk with the president on March 29 at Canal Point when he and a host of Florida’s representatives visited a Herbert Hoover Dike project site. She ended up settling for […]